If you are like me, you grew up thinking that the liver was just a big filter for toxins in our blood. While that is somewhat true, it does SO much more!
Our liver performs over 500 functions every single day. If you are facing a season in your health with symptoms and issues that you never dealt with before, your liver may be a major player.
You see, our body will compensate as long as it can to make up for deficiencies from our diet and lifestyle. So for a while, we can get by with how we eat and live, until suddenly we can't.
have slowly been gaining weight without changing how you eat or exercise
struggle to have enough energy to make it through the afternoon without caffeine/sugar to keep you going
can no longer sleep through the night without waking up to go pee
have cholesterol levels that are slowly creeping higher
find that your periods are getting worse, or have difficult perimenopause/menopause symptoms
Then your liver needs some love.
Your liver manages the storage of excess glucose, the creation and conversion of several hormones, creation of bile, detoxification, and many more jobs. Let's look at a few of these in relation to how you feel.
Your liver converts excess glucose into glycogen and triglycerides, which are stored in fat cells, leading to weight gain. So, when you take in too much glucose, you increase the burden on your liver. (This is also why dietary fat isn't the main culprit of weight gain; most likely, it's sugar.)
Your liver does its best work during the night. When your liver is burdened, it can't do all its jobs well or on time. For example, if your blood sugar levels drop during the night, cortisol is released as an emergency alarm to tell the liver to quickly convert stored glycogen into glucose to bring levels back up to a normal range. The cortisol spike is what is actually waking you up, NOT your bladder. With normal function, your liver will automatically make this conversion without the alarms going off.
Your liver uses cholesterol to make bile, so if cholesterol is rising, your liver may not be converting it well- and this can lead to other issues involving digestion and elimination.
Your liver is the site where thyroid hormone is converted so if your thyroid function is low, then the liver may need nutrients to make the conversion. The thyroid is your metabolism master gland, so low thyroid function can lower metabolism, affecting weight gain and energy levels.
The main function that impacts most of your symptoms is related to detoxification. I will explain this more in another email, but for now, know that it takes ALL of the leftover parts and pieces of hormones, any toxins you ingest/breathe in/absorb through your skin, and any chemicals or synthetic materials you take in the form of medications, and removes them safely from your body. When your liver is stressed and can't detox properly, hormone (especially estrogen) and toxin levels rise from reabsorption of these materials, and cause several frustrating symptoms, like difficult periods, low energy, and weight gain.
Don't worry, I'm here to help.
When you work with me, you will receive a comprehensive symptom review with labs that can reveal liver stress. What that means to you is that you will be able to know how your liver is truly functioning. The best part is that you will finally know what to do about it! One of my clients came to me with horrible periods, low energy, and unexplained weight gain. Within a few months of diet, lifestyle, and supplementation recommendations, she was sleeping through the night, had periods that just showed up on day 28 with no wicked cramps or PMS, and finally started to lose weight! Once we evaluated her symptoms then got real data to back them up, we were able to create a unique plan for her to heal her body and restore optimal liver function. Knowing what to do that is best for YOU is what's really important, isn't it?
You want to feel your best again, and you know working with a qualified practitioner is how you will get there. I have 1 opening for the month of February for one on one support, and I'd love for you to have that spot. Book your free call here so we get you back on track to feeling better and finally losing weight!
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Here are some tips you can incorporate to love your liver:
Eat high quality protein daily. Choose from a good-better-best spectrum: good- low fat conventionally farmed animal products (animals store their toxins in fat cells too); better: organic, non GMO fed products; best- 100% grass fed, pasture raised (NOT corn fed), or wild caught.
Increase consumption of healthy fats- avoid seed oils and focus on healthier options like olive, coconut, or avocado oil, butter, or ghee.
While you may not like it, actual beef liver is the BEST source of nutrients for your liver. If you refuse to eat it, and I don't blame you one bit, so try it this way: cut grass fed liver into tiny cubes and freeze them, popping 2-3 per meal like a supplement, OR purchase desiccated liver capsules and sprinkle them into your food or take them as a supplement. I like Designs for Health Organ Synergy Powder or their LV-GB Complex. Use this link here for 20% off: https://us.fullscript.com/welcome/etodd1637451564
I really like Force of Nature ground beef that contains beef liver and heart with it. Can't taste the liver at all!
Have fun loving your liver!